Top five picks for the Boulder International Film Festival from Kathy and Robin Beeck

The Boulder International Film Festival opens tonight with Muscle Shoals and continues through the weekend with three more days of independent cinema, symposiums and events featuring special guests from all over the world. It can be tricky to pick films from the festival's extensive schedule, so we asked co-founders Kathy and Robin Beeck for their top five picks. And they are:

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5) My Brother the Devil

February 15, 9:30 p.m.,

First United Methodist Church Kathy Beeck:

This is a great feature film that is set in London and it's a family story about a couple of brothers who become enmeshed in drug trade and gangs. It's a very suspenseful story and it's very well done and very well told and it's just a fabulous film and we really want to highlight that one. That's a great film.

4) Blancanieves

February 16, 5 p.m.,

First United Methodist Church KB:Blancanieves

is Snow White in Spanish, and this is an interesting film because it's kind of like

The Artist

in that it's a black-and-white, silent movie. It's a retelling of Snow White with a few twists in it, and it is just really well done and we really want to focus on that one as well.

3) A Band Called Death

February 16, 9:30 p.m.,

First United Methodist Church KB:

That's really about the first punk rock band that nobody's ever heard of. Three African-American brothers in Chicago started this group called Death and basically got through one album; they didn't even get it published before they broke up because the studios didn't like their name. And then just recently, someone discovered that album in the archives and now it's a huge, hot hit on the internet. It's just a great story about these guys. It's a great family story in addition to focusing on their music, so that's a fun one as well.

2) On the Road

February 16, 9:30 p.m.,

Boulder TheaterKB:

This is the film coming out soon with Kristin Stewart and Viggo Mortenson and just a lot of other great actors, and because of the Naropa Institute here and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, that film will fit right in the community. So we're really excited to be screening

On the Road

as well.

1) Trash Dance

February 17, 10 a.m.,

Boulder TheaterKB:

This is a film where it kind of combines the ideas of recycling with art. There's a choreographer who went into a trash removal facility in the East Coast and she wanted to choreograph a dance program for these trash workers, and they were really skeptical about it but she ends up taking, like, six months to get to know them and work with them and they choreograph a big show that involves not only the trash workers but a lot of the equipment they use to remove trash. It's just beautiful -- the whole community comes out, including all their family and friends and everybody and it's just a fabulous show.

Robin Beeck:It won the Audience Award at Silverdocs this year.

The Boulder International Film Festival starts today and runs through Sunday, February 17. Find out more information here.

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